History Group Minutes October 2013


A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House Widecombe on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies:
Kirsty & Alan Peake, Barry & Tanya Welch, Roger & Ann Claxton, Sue Booty, Patrick Garvey, Alan & Mary Goodall, Mavis & Rick Clipson, Rodney Cruze, Derek & Lyn Hext, Rosemary Mortimore, Jo & Sid Pontin, Mike & Mo Wright, Ruth Parnell, and Ann Murphy.   37 members attended.
The meeting began with a illustrated talk by Mel Stride, Conservative Member of Parliament for the Central Devon constituency -
A Brief History of Parliament and the reflections of a new Member of Parliament.
A summary of this talk can be found by following the link at the end of the minutes

After our interval for tea/coffee and biscuits the meeting continued with the business.
Arising:  Widecombe Fair.
Aileen and Peter Carrett were thanked for all their work with organising the Heritage Marquee and their kindness in keeping all the members who helped with the preparation and stewardship primed with tea and scones etc. All members that had helped on Monday setting the exhibition up and all those who helped with the stewarding on the day were also thanked. A very successful Day.  Joanna Radford demonstrated the art of bookbinding this year and rebound the Minute Book of the Local Royal British Legion.  The reintroduction of live music added to the success of the Fair.
History as it Happens:
Peter Rennells and John Lowe recently received their Edward Moorhead awards from the Chairman of DNPA at a ceremony at Bovey Tracey. John Lowe has offered to lead the Group on a guided walk to the Hameldown Memorial Stone.
Moor Than Meets the Eye:
At the Widecombe Parish Council Meeting of the 5th September a list of projects to be considered for the Widecombe 'Hub' showed many more applications within the scheme.  Widecombe History Group archive activities have been registered within the scheme, as have Higher Uppacott Longhouse, Friends of Higher Uppacott, Moor about Widecombe?, Beating Heart of Dartmoor?, and East Shallowford Trust. 19 other schemes over the whole area have also been registered and 33 projects within the other 'Hubs'. It will be interesting to see how the allocations proceed.
World War I:
Peter Rennells gave a report on the work that he and John Kimber have been doing , not only to record the activities and history of those whose names on our War Memorials of Widecombe, Leusdon, Buckland and Postbridge, but also the names and activities and history of those recorded on the Rolls of Honour.  However, the Roll of Honour for Widecombe disintegrated in the 1920s and was never replaced.   To trace all the names on this Roll of Honour is proving very difficult.  Peter wished to record the help that he has had from John Ellis of Newton Abbot and as a result it was decided to make a contribution to the Commonwealth War Graves Fund an organisation close to John's heart.
Fund Raising:
Sue Boustead reported that the Coffee Morning held at Bittleford Parks was a great success. The next funding raising event will be held at Berrywood, Dunstone, on Wednesday October 9th at 3.00 p.m. when Miho Rennells will be offering a Japanese Tea. Thursday 28th November,  American Thanksgiving Day, at 3.00 p.m. at Parke Cottage, Widecombe, Kirsty and Alan Peake will be holding a Thanksgiving Tea with Pumpkin Pie in aid of group funds. Susanne Hutchins has agreed to hold needlework sessions to help lady members of the group create an appliqué quilt to be auctioned or raffled for group funds. Sue Boustead is organising a Grand Draw to be held at next year's Widecombe Fair, Tuesday 9th September 2014.
Archive Centre:
Progress is being made to create an interesting feature based on the Pig Houses and Village Saxon Well opposite the Old Rectory.  A working party will begin clearing the site of rusty zinc, timber and vegetation during October.  It is hoped that MTMTE will help with funding for interpretation boards. The Group has received an offer from Dunstone Methodist Chapel for the use of their School Room for digitising and the storage of the artefacts and documents that the group has acquired since its formation.  This will be a great asset to the Group and will mean that the development of the site at Widecombe can be done in various stages.  Phase I of the site will be the clearing, as mentioned above, and the restoration of the Pig Houses and the Well.  Application has been made to DNPA for permission to remove the over-hanging vegetation on the site.
Correspondence and e-mails:
A message from Devon and Cornwall Police asking for people to be aware of the theft of number plates from vehicles.
Diary Dates:
Wednesday October 9 th at 3.00 p.m. at Berrywood, Dunstone, Miho Rennells will be offering a Japanese Tea.
Friday 11th October Widecombe Fair Dinner details from Margaret 01626 834737
Sunday 13th October, Harvest Festival at Dunstone Chapel at 3.00 p.m.
Tuesday 5th November, Princetown LHG, at talk by Roger Paul on Boundary Markers of Dartmoor.
Wednesday 6th November, Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.
Wednesday 6th November, Widecombe LHG, talk by Jane Marchand on White Horse Hill Cist.
Saturday 9th November, Soup Supper Evening with Music by 'Banned from the Moors' at Church House Widecombe, tickets £5 from Di 01364 6218 or Rose 01364 631236.
Monday November 18th, WHG visit Exeter Synagogue at 10.30 a.m.
Thursday 28th November,  American Thanksgiving Day, at 3.00 p.m. at Parke Cottage, Widecombe, Kirsty and Alan Peake will be holding a Thanksgiving Tea .
Tuesday 3rd December, Princetown LHG, AGM and Christmas Meeting.
Wednesday 4th December, Coffee Morning, Leusdon Memorial Hall.
Wednesday 4th December, WHG, Illustrated Talk on I. K. Brunel, Engineer, by Brian Portch.
Saturday 14th December, Christmas Festival at Widecombe 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Raffle prizes please.
Saturday 14th - 18th December, A Christmas Tree Festival in Widecombe Church, decorated trees exhibited by
individuals or groups, contact Jenny on 01364 621333, the theme of the tree to be:  Any Christmas Carol of your Choice'.  Battery operated lights only permitted. Widecombe History Group will participate.  Ideas and volunteers by members appreciated.
The meeting  closed at 10:30pm.
 

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